The New England Primer
The New England Primer became a textbook for children among colonists and early Americans in the 18th century. It was created by the Puritans who made settlement in Boston, Massachusetts. You may view or download a full version of the New England Primer (1777 edition) over here.
Learn the Bible with Alphabets
It is my hope that children will learn their Bible and theology along with their ABCs, as it was in times past. Just as Charles Spurgeon once exhorted,
Let us from the beginning mingle the name of Jesus with their A B C. Let them read their first lessons from the Bible. It is a remarkable thing that there is no book from which children learn to read so quickly as from the New Testament: there is a charm about that book which draws forth the infant mind. But let us never be guilty, as parents, of forgetting the religious training of our children; for if we do we may be guilty of the blood of their souls.
Young children then learned early that their lives are brief. The smallpox was very prevalent that time, and they were witness to many deaths all around them. The New England Primer allowed teachers and parents to help the children know how to die well and cling to Jesus by faith for life everlasting. Hard truths or difficult doctrines are not concealed. Thus, the Shorter Catechism was also included in the New England Primer. How much more do we need to address these things to our children today!
It is my prayer that we as parents will teach these truths to our children, and see them grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
My Bible Primer ABC
An updated and modernized version of The New England Primer alphabet from the 18th century.
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